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ADVERTISER INDEX A Storage Place of CG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Absolute Homes / Vivid Landscape . . . . . . . . 19 ACP Painting LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Brakemasters - Casa Grande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Brutinel Plumbing & Electrical . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Casa Grande Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 CGI Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

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22 EVENTS DAY AT AK-CHIN

CIRCLE ENTERTAINMENT

Chatty Shack Salon & Med Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Coldwell Banker ROX - Property Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Coldwell Banker ROX-BROKERAGE . . . . . 5, 50 Culver’s of Casa Grande . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cypress Point Retirement Community . . . . 47 Desert Sky Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Desert Sun Heating & Cooling . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Dreamstyle Remodeling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 37 Glover Court Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

38 PINAL COUNTY FAIR

42 COPA CULTURAL NIGHT

Grande Innovation Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Horsepower Carpet Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Hunter Pest Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Integrity Carpet Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Iron City Polaris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 1 Arboretum Discovery Tour Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM – Discover Arizona’s first and oldest botanical garden. With collections from many of the world’s deserts, you will learn how these plants are crucial to our survival. Learn what makes desert plants unique and allows them to survive in regions with such low precipitation. Check website to see the full May schedule and to register for events. 520.689.2723 www.btarboretum.org Author Presentation & Book Club Meeting Pinal County Historical Museum Florence – 1:00 PM – Discover how Florence’s architectural styles were influenced by the desert environment and how architecture evolved in the town. Presented by Chris Reid starting at 2:00 PM. $5 for adults and free for members. The book is available for purchase in the museum gift shop. The book club meeting with “Florence” authors will begin at 1:00 PM and donations are appreciated. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org Sunday Live Music Windmill Winery - Florence – 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM – Sunday afternoon music with Allen James. The Windmill Winery has 13 live music events in May. Visit the Wine Tasting Room page on their website for the schedule. Located at 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence. 520.868.5200 www.thewindmillwinery.com Maricopa Library - May Events Maricopa Library and Cultural Center - Maricopa – May events and meetings at the Maricopa Library: Color Me Calm - Adult Coloring, Toddler Time, Al-Anon, Alcoholics Anonymous, Nonfiction Addiction book club, Fun Van, Friday Night Magic, A-Pop, Reading Rebels, Garden Gurus, and more! Visit the Pinal County Library District website for a full listing of May events at the Maricopa branch. 520.568.2926 www.pinalcountyaz.gov/ Departments/Library

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May 1st Live Music: Arizona Avenue River Bottom Bar & Grill, in Florence – 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM – The River Bottom Bar & Grill has live music on weekends. Bands this month include the RJ Band, BLDG 12, Night Flight, Arizona Avenue, and Suzie & the AcceleratorZ. See the website for the May lineup. Located at 2501 N. Highway 79 in Florence. 520.868.3131 www.riverbottombar.com/ eventcalendar

May 2 Senior Center Activities Maricopa Community Center Maricopa – 9:30 AM – The Senior Center offers Open Games sessions and other activities. Check the City of Maricopa website for the events calendar. 520.316.6842 www.maricopa-az.gov Casita Fiber & Fabric Club Casita Workshop - Casa Grande – 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Held on the first Monday of the month. Meet others with an interest in creating with fabric, yarn, thread, or wool anything with fiber. Great for people who sew, quilt, spin, weave, crochet, knit, embroider, rug hook, or stitch. If you have a project you are currently working on, you can work on it during club time — or just come and hang out! Be sure to check the website and RSVP to casitaworkshop@gmail.com if you plan to attend. www.casitaworkshop.com

Casa Grande - May Library Events May events at the Casa Grande Main Library: Fun Van, Preschool Storytime, Library Buddies Playgroup, Community Blood Drive, and more! Visit the Pinal County Library District website for event details. 520.421.8710 www.pinalcountyaz.gov/ Departments/Library

May 3 Visit the Casa Grande Ruins Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Coolidge – 9:00 AM 4:00 PM – The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is currently open Tuesday to Saturday. The theater and exhibits remain closed, but the Great House and Ruins and the picnic area are open, along with the information desk and bookstore. Free admission. Check website for updates before visiting. 520.723.3172 www.nps.gov/cagr Tours of the Historic Kannally Ranch House Oracle State Park - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Ongoing daily — Take a self-guided tour through the multi-level Kannally family home. The Mediterranean-revival style ranch house built from 1929-1933 is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The tour offers a glimpse into early 20th century life in the southern Arizona high desert, and the creative family that lived there. 520.896.2425 www.azstateparks.com/oracle/ events/oracle-self-guided-tours Slow Flow Yoga & Pilates ConneXion The Live It Well Place - Gold Canyon – 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM – Yoga class starts at 9:15 AM and Pilates at 10:30 AM. The Live It Well Place offers a wide range of yoga, pilates, and fitness classes. Visit their website for the May schedule. They also have other integrative health services such as therapeutic massage and reflexology. The studio is located at 6607 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. 480.388.9808 www.liveitwellaz.com/schedule


EVENTS CALENDAR Explore Pinal County’s History Pinal County Historical Museum Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits, including Native American culture, day-to-day life in early Florence, 2nd Territorial Prison artifacts, antique clothing, cactus furniture, farm machinery, vintage fire engines, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, under 18 free. Closed on holidays. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

May 4th CAC - Rocktacular Free Concert Central Arizona College Pence Center, in Coolidge – 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM – Entertainment Industry Technology students will perform popular music hits live during this free concert. The Pence Center is located at the Signal Peak Campus of Central Arizona College in Coolidge. 520.477.7469 | www.eventsatcac.com

Apache Junction - May Library Events May events at the Apache Junction library include: Fun Van, Native American Style Flute, and more. Search the event calendar for event details. 480.474.8555 www.pinalcountyaz.gov/ Departments/Library

May 3rd Karaoke & Live Music Events Tumbleweed Inn, in Eloy – 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The Tumbleweed Inn has karaoke on Tuesdays and live music on other nights. See the Photos tab on their Facebook page for the May live music schedule. Located at 3802 W. Frontier St. in Eloy. Reservations are recommended. 520.466.9972 www.facebook.com/ tumbleweedinnaz Activities for Seniors Dorothy Powell Senior Center Casa Grande – The Dorothy Powell Senior Center provides residents the opportunity to experience recreational, cultural, and educational programming in a friendly atmosphere. It’s open to individuals 50 years of age or older. Activities include health and fitness, dance, pool, cards, walking club, bingo, art, and more. The monthly activity calendar is posted on the City of Casa Grande website. 520.421.8760 www.casagrandeaz.gov/seniorcitizen-services

May 4 Biosphere 2 Tours University of Arizona Biosphere 2 - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Biosphere 2 is a world-famous research facility operated by the University of Arizona, located near Oracle in eastern Pinal County. The Biosphere 2 Experience allows visitors to tour the interior of the facility. This fascinating, family-friendly experience is guided by a mobile app. Download the tour app prior to arrival. Tickets must be purchased online. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 520.621.4800 www.biosphere2.org Learn about Arizona’s Geology Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum - Coolidge – 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM – Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibits include fossils from all over the world, gems and minerals, and children’s activities. Check their website for information on monthly meetings of the Pinal County Gem and Mineral Society. The museum is located at 351 N. Arizona Blvd. in Coolidge. 520.723.3009 www.pinalgeologymuseum.org

San Tan Valley - May Library Events San Tan Valley Library - San Tan Valley – This new branch opened in July 2021. May library events include: Story Station, Seniors Game Day, Tiny Tales, Yarn Crafters, Creative Haven, Fun Van, Read Intrigue, Campfire Tales, and more! Visit the Pinal County Library District website to see library event details. 520.866.8035 www.pinalcountyaz.gov/ Departments/Library

May 5 Zipline EcoTours Arizona Zipline Adventures - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM – The Zipline EcoTour allows you to zip on 5 different spans ranging in length from 400 to 1,500 feet and lasts approximately 2 hours. Moonlight and Sunset Zipline experiences are also available during the spring and fall. Open Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. See website for details. Located on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. 520.308.9350 www.ziparizona.com

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Real Estate Market Statistics Arizona City, Casa Grande, Coolidge, Eloy, Maricopa and Stanfield

% INCREASE DECREASE

2022

2021

SOLD LISTINGS

771

625

+ 23.4%

ACTIVE LISTINGS

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205

+ 105.9%

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$152.62

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.33

+ 66.9%

30

23

+ 30.4%

MARCH

PRICE PER SQUARE FT (median sale) MONTHS SUPPLY OF INVENTORY DAYS ON THE MARKET (median)

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 5 Arboretum Discovery Tour Boyce Thompson Arboretum - Superior – 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM – Discover Arizona’s first and oldest botanical garden. With collections from many of the world’s deserts, you will learn how these plants are crucial to our survival. Learn what makes desert plants unique and allows them to survive in regions with such low precipitation. The guided tours last one hour and will also be held on May 6-8. Register in advance on the website. 520.689.2723 www.btarboretum.org Cinco de Mayo - Food Truck Fiesta Eloy Chamber of Commerce - Eloy – 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM – This Cinco de Mayo special event will take place in the parking lot of the Eloy Chamber of Commerce, located at 515 N. Main Street. The Food Truck Fiesta will have some of Pinal County’s best vendors. 520.466.3411 www.eloychamber.com CAC Music Studio Recital Central Arizona College Pence Center - Coolidge – 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Join music students from the piano, voice, brass, guitar, and string studios as they present an end-of-semester recital to showcase their creative work. The Pence Center is located at the Signal Peak Campus of Central Arizona College in Coolidge. 520.477.7469 www.eventsatcac.com

May 5th Live Music & Food Truck Night Windmill Winery, in Florence – 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM – Featuring music by RockSmith and food by Chinoz Grill. Free admission and reservations are not required. Saturday evening: Music by Jeremy Marsh and food by The Dipper. Sunday afternoon May 8: Music by Sam Meric. The Windmill Winery has 13 live music events in May. Visit the Wine Tasting Room page on their website for the schedule. Located at 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence. 520.868.5200 www.thewindmillwinery.com

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May 6th Concert: Juanes - Origen Tour Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel and Casino In Maricopa – 8:00 PM – Tickets available through Ticketmaster. Juanes blends the traditional music of Colombia with modern pop-rock and dance beats. www.caesars.com/harrahs-akchin/shows/calendar

Live Music: Night Flight Pita Patio Grill - Coolidge – 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The Pita Patio Grill is located at 235 W. Coolidge Ave. Check their Facebook page for additional live music and other events. 520.635.5576 www.facebook.com/coolidgerocks Virtual Career Expo Achieve Pinal - Pinal County – Local initiative that allows students and adults to explore career opportunities, with a focus on Pinal County. Content is delivered online and features career exploration interviews with Pinal County professionals who work in a wide variety of trades and professions. Discover what is required for careers you’re interested in. Includes information about college access and scholarships. 520.836.6868 www.achievepinal.com/career-expo.html May Drawing Club & Homeschool Art Divine Art Institute - Casa Grande – Learn to draw and paint! Classes are available for a variety of art techniques. See website for details on upcoming classes. Located in Casa Grande. Private lessons and paint parties available. 520.340.4162 www.divineartinstitute.com

Vista Grande - May Library Events Vista Grande Library - Casa Grande – May events at the Vista Grande Branch: Inklings Writers Group, Anime Club for Teens, TAB, Drop-In Crafts, Family Gaming, and more! Search the events calendar on the Pinal County Library District website for event details. 520.421.8652 www.pinalcountyaz.gov/ Departments/Library

May 6 Visit the Ostrich Ranch Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch Picacho – Open Friday-Monday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM from May 1-Sept. 30. The Ostrich Ranch has an amazing variety of animals that visitors can watch and feed, including stingrays, goats, minature donkeys, fallow deer, tortoises, and lots of ostriches! Located by Picacho Peak State Park, just off I-10. 520.466.3658 www.roostercogburn.com

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 7th First Saturday at the Museum Pinal County Historical Museum, in Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – On the first Saturday of the month (September-June), the museum waives admission fees and offers rotating family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt, a local geology activity, backyard bingo, desert animals, and more! Sponsored by APS. Located at 715 S. Main Street in Florence. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

May 7 Live Music: Suzie & the AcceleratorZ River Bottom Bar & Grill - Florence – 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM – The River Bottom Bar & Grill has live music on weekends. Bands this month include the RJ Band, BLDG 12, Night Flight, Arizona Avenue, and Suzie & the AcceleratorZ. See the website for the May lineup. Located at 2501 N. Highway 79 in Florence. 520.868.3131 www.riverbottombar.com/ eventcalendar Motorsports Racing: High Side Hustle Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande – 7:00 PM – ASCS CAS Sprint Cars - Pure Stocks - Bombers - Power 600 Series Micros. Located at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Rd. in Casa Grande. Grandstand seating - pit passes available. Tickets $20 cash only. Free for ages 11 and under. 520.709.0718 www.centralarizonaspeedway.com Singer and Songwriter Steve Holmquist Lost Dutchman State Park - Apache Junction – 7:00 PM – Free concert day use fee required. Listen to stories and original songs by Steve Holmquist around the campfire. Become immersed in Steve’s tales of the desert, local lore, and human nature. Don’t forget to bring a chair! Meet at Palo Verde. 480.982.4485 www.azstateparks.com/lostdutchman/events

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Events at Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center - Maricopa – The Entertainment Center offers movies, bowling, laser tag, an arcade, parties & events, and more. See the Ak-Chin Circle website and Facebook page for this month’s featured events. 520.568.3456 www.ak-chincircle.com The Pony Ranch featuring Tiny Town The Pony Ranch - Casa Grande – A fun place for tiny cowboys and cowgirls to experience riding a pony and feeding ranch animals at the petting zoo. Summer hours will be variable, depending on the weather and expected daytime temperature. Visit the Pony Ranch Facebook page to confirm current hours. Located at 18536 W. Houser Rd. in Casa Grande. 480.236.4500 www.facebook.com/ theponyranchfeaturingtinytown

May 8 Maricopa Car Boot Sale Copper Sky Recreation Complex Maricopa – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM – Car Boot Sale (Trunk Sale). Sellers can start setting up at 6:30 AM. Buyers will be admitted starting at 8:00 AM. Located at the lake at Copper Sky. See the website for details and FAQ. Takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month until the end of May. www.maricopacarbootsale.com

Mother’s Day Wellness Brunch Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior – 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM – Brunch with us! Treat Mom (or yourself) to a one-of-a-kind wellness brunch in the garden. Beginning at 9:00 AM, you can choose one or two wellness activities, followed by a plated brunch at 11:30 AM —complete with prickly pear mimosas! Wellness activities are add-ons to brunch and include Yoga, Watercolor Painting, Edible and Medicinal Plant Tour, Crystal Singing Bowls, and Chakras with Chakra Crystals. RSVP. 520.689.2723 www.btarboretum.org

May 9 Senior Center Activities Maricopa Community Center Maricopa – 9:30 AM – The Senior Center offers open games sessions and other activities. Check the City of Maricopa website for the events calendar. 520.316.6842 www.maricopa-az.gov

May 10 Visit the Casa Grande Ruins Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Coolidge – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is currently open Tuesday to Saturday. The theater and exhibits remain closed, but the Great House and Ruins and the picnic area are open, along with the information desk and bookstore. Free admission. Check website for updates before visiting. 520.723.3172 www.nps.gov/cagr

May 8th Mother’s Day Tea Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm, in Oracle – 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM – Don your most beautiful hat and bring out your mother, grandmother, daughters, and friends to enjoy a Mother’s Day Tea at the Lavender Farm this spring! This is a very popular event so reserve your spots now. Live music will be provided. The Lavender Pop-Up Shop will be open for your convenience. 520.820.3454 www.lifeundertheoakslavenderfarm.com Continued on page 24


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May 10th Slow Flow Yoga & Pilates ConneXion The Live It Well Place - Gold Canyon 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM – Yoga class starts at 9:15 AM and Pilates at 10:30 AM. The Live It Well Place offers a wide range of yoga, pilates, and fitness classes. Visit their website for the May schedule. They also have other integrative health services such as therapeutic massage and reflexology. The studio is located at 6607 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. 480.388.9808 www.liveitwellaz.com/schedule Explore Pinal County’s History Pinal County Historical Museum Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits, including Native American culture, day-to-day life in early Florence, 2nd Territorial Prison artifacts, antique clothing, cactus furniture, farm machinery, vintage fire engines, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, under 18 free. Closed on holidays. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org Karaoke & Live Music Events Tumbleweed Inn - Eloy – 6:00 PM 9:00 PM – The Tumbleweed Inn has karaoke on Tuesdays and live music on other nights. See the Photos tab on their Facebook page for the May live music schedule. Located at 3802 W. Frontier St. in Eloy. Reservations are recommended. 520.466.9972 www.facebook.com/tumbleweedinnaz

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Biosphere 2 Tours University of Arizona Biosphere 2 - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Biosphere 2 is a world-famous research facility operated by the University of Arizona, located near Oracle in eastern Pinal County. The Biosphere 2 Experience allows visitors to tour the interior of the facility. This fascinating, family-friendly experience is guided by a mobile app. Download the tour app prior to arrival. Tickets must be purchased online. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 520.621.4800 www.biosphere2.org Learn about Arizona’s Geology Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum - Coolidge – 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM – Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibits include fossils from all over the world, gems and minerals, and children’s activities. Check their website for information on monthly meetings of the Pinal County Gem and Mineral Society. The museum is located at 351 N. Arizona Blvd. in Coolidge. 520.723.3009 www.pinalgeologymuseum.org

May 12 Zipline EcoTours Arizona Zipline Adventures - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM – The Zipline EcoTour allows you to zip on 5 different spans ranging in length from 400 to 1,500 feet and lasts approximately 2 hours. Moonlight and Sunset Zipline experiences are also available during the spring and fall. Open Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. See website for details. Located on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. 520.308.9350 www.ziparizona.com Senior Food Box Distribution Day Hope International Food Pantry - Coolidge – 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM – Senior food box distribution takes place on the second Thursday of each month. Located at 1280 N. Arizona Blvd. in Coolidge. For seniors only, age 60 and up. Volunteers are welcome. Check website to confirm details. 520.233.6699 www.hopeinternationalfoodpantry.org

Live Music & Food Truck Night Windmill Winery - Florence – 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM – Featuring music by the RJ Band and food by East Coast Joe’s. Free admission and reservations are not required. Saturday evening: Music by Hank Gooday & food provided by Chinoz Grill. Sunday afternoon May 15: Music by Bob Villa. The Windmill Winery has 13 live music events in May. Visit the Wine Tasting Room page on their website for the schedule. Located at 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence. 520.868.5200 www.thewindmillwinery.com Newcomers and Neighbors of Casa Grande - Welcome Meeting Central Meeting Hall - Casa Grande – 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM – The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Casa Grande is a great place to meet new friends. The Club sponsors monthly activity groups and quarterly get-togethers. Come learn more at an orientation meeting, held on the second Thursday of most months. Meetings take place at 408 N. Sacaton Street. Confirm event on website. www.cgnnc.com/calendar

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 14 Live Music: Sierra Sound Pita Patio Grill - Coolidge – 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM – The Pita Patio Grill is located at 235 W. Coolidge Ave. Check their Facebook page for additional live music and other events. 520.635.5576 www.facebook.com/coolidgerocks

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May 13th Downtown After Dark - Car Show Historic Downtown Casa Grande 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM – Come to Historic Downtown Casa Grande for a fun evening experience! This month’s event is Family Game Night. 520.836.8744 | www.cgmainstreet.org

Florence Farmers Market McFarland State Park - Florence – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM – The market is held on the porch at McFarland State Park in Historic Florence on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Sponsored by Florence Copper. The market features produce from local farmers, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee & tea, seasonings, and many other locally made artisan products. 520.868.9433 www.florenceazchamber.com Fused Glass: Garden Stakes with Erin Warner Casita Workshop - Casa Grande – 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM – Workshop fee $55. Suitable for all skill levels, ages 14+. This is a one-day workshop with all supplies provided. www.casitaworkshop.com 2022 Pinal 40 Gala Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort & Casino Event Center - Maricopa – 5:00 PM – The Pinal 40 annual Gala is a fundraising event to support Pinal County youth through scholarships and programs. The event headliner will be country music band Lonestar, with special guest Jake Hoot, season 17 winner of The Voice. See website for tickets. www.pinal40.org

May 13th Live Music: BLDG 12 River Bottom Bar & Grill - Florence 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The River Bottom Bar & Grill has live music on weekends. Bands this month include the RJ Band, BLDG 12, Night Flight, Arizona Avenue, and Suzie & the AcceleratorZ. See the website for the May lineup. Located at 2501 N. Highway 79 in Florence. 520.868.3131 | www.riverbottombar.com/eventcalendar

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 14th Skydiving - Night Jumps Skydive Arizona - Eloy – 5:00 PM - 7:15 PM – Night jumps are one of the most beautiful and surreal experiences you can have in the sky. They are one of five options you have for completing your D-license requirements. See the website for special requirements. Offered monthly. 520.466.3753 www.skydiveaz.com

Learn to Skydive - Ground School Skydive Arizona - Eloy – Also offered on May 28. Become a USPA licensed skydiver in the Accelerated Skydiving Program. Ground school is the first step to getting your USPA A-License. Check the website for details and to book a ground school course. 520.466.3753 www.skydiveaz.com The Pony Ranch featuring Tiny Town The Pony Ranch - Casa Grande A fun place for tiny cowboys and cowgirls to experience riding a pony and feeding ranch animals at the petting zoo. Summer hours will be variable, depending on the weather and expected daytime temperature. Visit the Pony Ranch Facebook page to confirm current hours. Located at 18536 W. Houser Rd. in Casa Grande. 480.236.4500 www.facebook.com/ theponyranchfeaturingtinytown

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Full Moon Hikes Lost Dutchman State Park - Apache Junction – 7:00 PM – This beautiful program is designed to start with a famous Arizona sunset draping gracefully over the Superstition Mountains, and end under the light of the full moon. The easy 1.3-mile trail features some rocky, rough terrain but with little elevation gain. It is a ranger-guided hike focusing on the aesthetic, while offering opportunities to stop and interpret what you see on the trail. To secure your spot, please call 480.982.4485 and sign up for $10 per person (ages 10 and up welcome). Registration closes 2 hours prior to program. Bring sturdy shoes, water, and small flashlight. Meet at Cholla Day Use Lot. 480.982.4485 www.azstateparks.com/lostdutchman/events

Visit the Casa Grande Ruins Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Coolidge – 9:00 AM 4:00 PM – The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is currently open Tuesday to Saturday. The theater and exhibits remain closed, but the Great House and Ruins and the picnic area are open, along with the information desk and bookstore. Free admission. Check website for updates before visiting. 520.723.3172 www.nps.gov/cagr Slow Flow Yoga & Pilates ConneXion The Live It Well Place - Gold Canyon – 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM – Yoga class starts at 9:15 AM and Pilates at 10:30 AM. The Live It Well Place offers a wide range of yoga, pilates, and fitness classes. Visit their website for the May schedule. They also have other integrative health services such as therapeutic massage and reflexology. The studio is located at 6607 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. 480.388.9808 www.liveitwellaz.com/schedule

Explore Pinal County’s History Pinal County Historical Museum Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits, including Native American culture, day-to-day life in early Florence, 2nd Territorial Prison artifacts, antique clothing, cactus furniture, farm machinery, vintage fire engines, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, under 18 free. Closed on holidays. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org Karaoke & Live Music Events Tumbleweed Inn - Eloy – 6:00 PM 9:00 PM – The Tumbleweed Inn has karaoke on Tuesdays and live music on other nights. See the Photos tab on their Facebook page for the May live music schedule. Located at 3802 W. Frontier St. in Eloy. Reservations are recommended. 520.466.9972 www.facebook.com/tumbleweedinnaz

May 18 Biosphere 2 Tours University of Arizona Biosphere 2 - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Biosphere 2 is a world-famous research facility operated by the University of Arizona, located near Oracle in eastern Pinal County. The Biosphere 2 Experience allows visitors to tour the interior of the facility. This fascinating, family-friendly experience is guided by a mobile app. Download the tour app prior to arrival. Tickets must be purchased online. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 520.621.4800 www.biosphere2.org Learn about Arizona’s Geology Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum - Coolidge – 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM – Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibits include fossils from all over the world, gems and minerals, and children’s activities. Check their website for information on monthly meetings of the Pinal County Gem and Mineral Society. The museum is located at 351 N. Arizona Blvd. in Coolidge. 520.723.3009 www.pinalgeologymuseum.org Continued on page 36

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 18 Ceramics: Intro to Clay Casita Workshop - Casa Grande – 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Two-session workshop takes place on May 18 and June 1. Workshop fee is $55 and includes all supplies. Suitable for ages 14+ and all skill levels. Instructor will be Patti Kramer. Learn to hand-build with clay (no wheel). If you’ve never worked with clay before, this class is for you! It’s a beginning class that will introduce you to clay and give you the experience and confidence you need to pursue more experiences with clay. Get to know the feel of clay and learn to use the pinch, coil, and slab methods to create small vessels. www.casitaworkshop.com

May 19 Zipline EcoTours Arizona Zipline Adventures - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM – The Zipline EcoTour allows you to zip on 5 different spans ranging in length from 400 to 1,500 feet and lasts approximately 2 hours. Moonlight and Sunset Zipline experiences are also available during the spring and fall. Open Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. See website for details. Located on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. 520.308.9350 www.ziparizona.com

Live Theatre: Spamalot Central Arizona College - Pence Center - Coolidge – 7:00 PM – Presented by BlackBox Foundation and Central Arizona College. There will be three performances of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the CAC Pence Center in Coolidge. Tickets available online. 520.532.2337 www.eventbrite.com/e/blackboxfoundation-presents-spamalottickets-294.035.326577

May 20 Visit the Ostrich Ranch Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch Picacho – Open Friday-Monday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM from May 1-Sept. 30. The Ostrich Ranch has an amazing variety of animals that visitors can watch and feed, including stingrays, goats, minature donkeys, fallow deer, tortoises, and lots of ostriches! Located by Picacho Peak State Park, just off I-10. 520.466.3658 www.roostercogburn.com Live Music: Night Flight Pita Patio Grill - Coolidge – 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The Pita Patio Grill is located at 235 W. Coolidge Ave. Check their Facebook page for additional live music and other events. 520.635.5576 www.facebook.com/coolidgerocks

May 19th Live Music & Food Truck Night Windmill Winery Florence – 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Featuring music by The RJ Band and food by It’s Seoul Good. Free admission and reservations are not required. Saturday evening: Music by 10th & Main and food by Ma’s Kitchen. Sunday afternoon May 22: Music by Jeremy Marsh. The Windmill Winery has 13 live music events in May. Visit the Wine Tasting Room page on their website for the schedule. Located at 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence. 520.868.5200 www.thewindmillwinery.com

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Live Theatre: Spamalot Central Arizona College - Pence Center - Coolidge – 7:00 PM – Presented by BlackBox Foundation and Central Arizona College. There will be three performances of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the CAC Pence Center in Coolidge. Tickets available online. 520.532.2337 www.eventbrite.com/e/blackboxfoundation-presents-spamalottickets-294.035.326577

May 21 Fused Glass - Suncatchers Casita Workshop - Casa Grande – 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM – Instructor Erin Warner will present this workshop that will teach you how to make glass suncatchers. They’ll brighten up any window in your home. For all skill levels, age 14+. Workshop fee is $55 and includes all supplies. See website for workshop details and to register. www.casitaworkshop.com Live Music: Awake at Midnight Pita Patio Grill - Coolidge – 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The Pita Patio Grill is located at 235 W. Coolidge Ave. Check their Facebook page for additional live music and other events. 520.635.5576 www.facebook.com/coolidgerocks Live Theatre: Spamalot Central Arizona College - Pence Center - Coolidge – 7:00 PM – Presented by BlackBox Foundation and Central Arizona College. There will be three performances of Monty Python’s Spamalot at the CAC Pence Center in Coolidge. Tickets available online. 520.532.2337 www.eventbrite.com/e/blackboxfoundation-presents-spamalottickets-294.035.326577 Motorsports Racing: Ernie Mincy Tribute Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande – 7:00 PM – IMCA Modifieds - IMCA Sport Mods - IMCA Stock Cars - Bombers. Located at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Rd. in Casa Grande. Grandstand seating - pit passes available. Tickets $20 cash only. Free for ages 11 and under. 520.709.0718 www.centralarizonaspeedway.com The Pony Ranch featuring Tiny Town The Pony Ranch - Casa Grande – A fun place for tiny cowboys and cowgirls to experience riding a pony and feeding ranch animals at the petting zoo. Summer hours will be variable, depending on the weather and expected daytime temperature. Visit the Pony Ranch Facebook page to confirm current hours. Located at 18536 W. Houser Rd. in Casa Grande. 480.236.4500 www.facebook.com/ theponyranchfeaturingtinytown Continued on page 40


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EVENTS CALENDAR May 22 Maricopa Car Boot Sale Copper Sky Recreation Complex Maricopa – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM – Car Boot Sale (Trunk Sale). Sellers can start setting up at 6:30 AM. Buyers will be admitted starting at 8:00 AM. Located at the lake at Copper Sky. See the website for details and FAQ. Takes place on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month until the end of May. www.maricopacarbootsale.com Power Hour: All About Snakes Lost Dutchman State Park - Apache Junction – 8:00 AM – This casual in-person presentation invites you to empower yourself and your community - because knowledge is power! Hosted by exotic creature expert Declan, who will display snakes, scorpions and more. Prepare to be amazed! Feel free to bring your own drinks, snacks, and questions about the area for some real ranger answers. Meet at Palo Verde. 480.982.4485 www.azstateparks.com/lostdutchman/events

Slow Flow Yoga & Pilates ConneXion The Live It Well Place - Gold Canyon – 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM – Yoga class starts at 9:15 AM and Pilates at 10:30 AM. The Live It Well Place offers a wide range of yoga, pilates, and fitness classes. Visit their website for the May schedule. They also have other integrative health services such as therapeutic massage and reflexology. The studio is located at 6607 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. 480.388.9808 www.liveitwellaz.com/schedule Explore Pinal County’s History Pinal County Historical Museum Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits, including Native American culture, day-to-day life in early Florence, 2nd Territorial Prison artifacts, antique clothing, cactus furniture, farm machinery, vintage fire engines, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, under 18 free. Closed on holidays. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

Yoga in the Lavender Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm - Oracle – 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM – Enjoy an hour of yoga in the Lavender field followed by refreshments and a lavender bungle! Visit the website to register and see event details. 520.820.3454 www.lifeundertheoakslavenderfarm.com

May 26 May 24th Karaoke & Live Music Events Tumbleweed Inn - Eloy – 6:00 PM 9:00 PM – The Tumbleweed Inn has karaoke on Tuesdays and live music on other nights. See the Photos tab on their Facebook page for the May live music schedule. Located at 3802 W. Frontier St. in Eloy. Reservations are recommended. 520.466.9972

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Biosphere 2 Tours University of Arizona Biosphere 2 - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Biosphere 2 is a world-famous research facility operated by the University of Arizona, located near Oracle in eastern Pinal County. The Biosphere 2 Experience allows visitors to tour the interior of the facility. This fascinating, familyfriendly experience is guided by a mobile app. Download the tour app prior to arrival. Tickets must be purchased online. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 520.621.4800 www.biosphere2.org

Learn about Arizona’s Geology Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum - Coolidge – 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM – Open Wed.-Sat. 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Exhibits include fossils from all over the world, gems and minerals, and children’s activities. Check their website for information on monthly meetings of the Pinal County Gem and Mineral Society. The museum is located at 351 N. Arizona Blvd. in Coolidge. 520.723.3009 www.pinalgeologymuseum.org

May 24 Visit the Casa Grande Ruins Casa Grande Ruins National Monument - Coolidge – 9:00 AM 4:00 PM – The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is currently open Tuesday to Saturday. The theater and exhibits remain closed, but the Great House and Ruins and the picnic area are open, along with the information desk and bookstore. Free admission. Check website for updates before visiting. 520.723.3172 www.nps.gov/cagr

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Voices from Copa Cultural Night by John Stapleton, Contributing Editor International food trucks, 80 different vendors and exhibit booths, and a variety of performances celebrating cultures from around the world entertained the crowd during the first-ever Copa Cultural Night Market March 25 at Copper Sky Recreation Complex in Maricopa. Antonia Presume (Maricopa Chamber of Commerce) “I was so happy and proud to be living in this amazing community that took time to plan and celebrate different cultures with a fabulous Cultural Marketplace Event! To our amazing members for participating as dancers, vendors and supporters of this great event! “We had fantastic cultural representation from all over the world; we had the dragon dancers from China; samba from Brazil; salsa from Latin America and kizomba and funana from the Cape Verde Islands in Africa. The United States was represented by all her beautiful diversity and cultures such as Guatemalan, Italian, Portuguese, Native American, Irish, Cape Verdean, French, Mexican, Spaniard, English, Thai and lots more!”

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Nicole Perkins (resident): “What a fantastic night it was for the LGBTQ+ Family Maricopa-AZ at the Copa Cultural Night Market! So grateful that the city reached out and invited us to have a booth. To my surprise, we had a constant stream of people stopping by the entire night and incredibly positive reactions. “It was so awesome to have tables full of our local youth, coloring, making bracelets, connecting, and creating friendships. Having parents come by who didn’t completely understand everything, but wanted to learn to

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 26 Live Music & Food Truck Night Windmill Winery - Florence – 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM – Featuring music by Arizona Avenue and food by Chinoz Grill. Free admission and reservations are not required. Saturday evening: Music by Awake at Midnight and food by The Patty Wagon. Sunday afternoon May 29: Music by Jeremy Marsh. The Windmill Winery has 13 live music events in May. Visit the Wine Tasting Room page on their website for the schedule. Located at 1140 W. Butte Ave. in Florence. 520.868.5200 www.thewindmillwinery.com

May 27 Visit the Ostrich Ranch Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch Picacho – Open Friday-Monday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM from May 1-Sept. 30. The Ostrich Ranch has an amazing variety of animals that visitors can watch and feed, including stingrays, goats, minature donkeys, fallow deer, tortoises, and lots of ostriches! Located by Picacho Peak State Park, just off I-10. 520.466.3658 www.roostercogburn.com

Seussical - The Musical: Presented by Center Stage Academy Combs Performing Arts Center - San Tan Valley – 7:00 PM – “Seussical” is a musical comedy by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the many children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who!, Gertrude McFuzz, and Horton Hatches the Egg while incorporating many other stories. Performances on May 27-29 at the Combs Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 and available online. 480.987.5300 www.etix.com/ticket/v/18532

May 28 Maricopa Memorial Day 5K Copper Sky Recreation Center Maricopa – 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM – Join us for the 2nd Annual Maricopa Memorial Day 5K sponsored by ACP Painting! Run or walk our spectator friendly course at the Copper Sky Recreation Center. Participants will receive custom finisher’s medals and event tech shirt. Profits will benefit local Maricopa veterans’ organizations. 480.785.6323 https://runsignup.com/Race/AZ/ Maricopa/MaricopaMemorialDay5K

May 27th Live Music: Copperstate Band Pita Patio Grill, in Coolidge – 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM – The Pita Patio Grill is located at 235 W. Coolidge Ave. Check their Facebook page for additional live music and other events. 520.635.5576 | www.facebook.com/coolidgerocks

Casa Grande P.O.W.W.O.W. Market 702 E. Cottonwood Lane - Casa Grande – 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM – P.O.W.W.O.W. is Produce on Wheels Without Waste. $15 for up to 70 lbs. of produce. No income or residential qualifications required. Cash only. Borderlands Produce Rescue distributes rescued fresh produce throughout the region. See website for program details. 520.287.2627 www.borderlandsproducerescue.org Florence Farmers Market McFarland State Park - Florence – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM – The market is held on the porch at McFarland State Park in Historic Florence on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Sponsored by Florence Copper. The market features produce from local farmers, farm fresh eggs, meat, cheese, bread, sweets, coffee & tea, seasonings, and many other locally made artisan products. 520.868.9433 www.florenceazchamber.com Seussical - The Musical: Presented by Center Stage Academy Combs Performing Arts Center - San Tan Valley – 2:00 PM – Performances at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM today. “Seussical” is a musical comedy by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, based on the many children’s stories of Dr. Seuss, with most of its plot being based on Horton Hears a Who!, Gertrude McFuzz, and Horton Hatches the Egg while incorporating many other stories. Tickets are $20 and available online. 480.987.5300 www.etix.com/ticket/v/18532 The Pony Ranch featuring Tiny Town The Pony Ranch - Casa Grande – A fun place for tiny cowboys and cowgirls to experience riding a pony and feeding ranch animals at the petting zoo. Summer hours will be variable, depending on the weather and expected daytime temperature. Visit the Pony Ranch Facebook page to confirm current hours. Located at 18536 W. Houser Rd. in Casa Grande. 480.236.4500 www.facebook.com/ theponyranchfeaturingtinytown

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EVENTS CALENDAR May 31 Slow Flow Yoga & Pilates ConneXion The Live It Well Place – 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM – Yoga class starts at 9:15 AM and Pilates at 10:30 AM. The Live It Well Place offers a wide range of yoga, pilates, and fitness classes. Visit their website for the May schedule. They also have other integrative health services such as therapeutic massage and reflexology. The studio is located at 6607 S. Kings Ranch Road in Gold Canyon. 480.388.9808 www.liveitwellaz.com/schedule

May 31st Visit the Casa Grande Ruins Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, in Coolidge – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is currently open Tuesday to Saturday. The theater and exhibits remain closed, but the Great House and Ruins and the picnic area are open, along with the information desk and bookstore. Free admission. Check website for updates before visiting. 520.723.3172 | www.nps.gov/cagr

Karaoke & Live Music Events Tumbleweed Inn - Eloy – 6:00 PM 9:00 PM – The Tumbleweed Inn has karaoke on Tuesdays and live music on other nights. See the Photos tab on their Facebook page for the May live music schedule. Located at 3802 W. Frontier St. in Eloy. Reservations are recommended. 520.466.9972 www.facebook.com/tumbleweedinnaz

Jun 1 Biosphere 2 Tours University of Arizona Biosphere 2 - Oracle – 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM – Biosphere 2 is a world-famous research facility operated by the University of Arizona, located near Oracle in eastern Pinal County. The Biosphere 2 Experience allows visitors to tour the interior of the facility. This fascinating, family-friendly experience is guided by a mobile app. Download the tour app prior to arrival. Tickets must be purchased online. Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 520.621.4800 www.biosphere2.org

May 31st Explore Pinal County’s History Pinal County Historical Museum, in Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – The museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits, including Native American culture, day-to-day life in early Florence, 2nd Territorial Prison artifacts, antique clothing, cactus furniture, farm machinery, vintage fire engines, and much more. Admission is $7 for adults, under 18 free. Closed on holidays. 520.868.4382 | www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

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EVENTS CALENDAR Lavender Bloom Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM – The Lavender Farm is expecting a glorious June Bloom again! We will have extended hours from ThursSun every weekend in June. Come harvest your own lavender, attend a wreath workshop, breakfast, lunch or dinner! Come and see thousands of butterflies in the blooming lavender! Events fill up quickly - see website for event details. 520.820.3454 www.lifeundertheoakslavenderfarm.com

June 1st Live Theatre: Gypsy Maricopa Community Center 7:00 PM – Presented by Maricopa Community Theatre. Performances will be June 1-3 at 7:00 PM and June 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Location is the Maricopa Community Center at 41614 W. Smith Enke Rd. See website for tickets. “Gypsy” tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. “Gypsy” is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee.

Live Theatre: Gypsy Maricopa Community Center Maricopa – 7:00 PM – Presented by Maricopa Community Theatre. Performances will be June 1-3 at 7:00 PM and June 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Location is the Maricopa Community Center at 41614 W. Smith Enke Rd. See website for tickets. “Gypsy” tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. “Gypsy” is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. www.maricopacommunitytheatre.org

June 3 Live Theatre: Gypsy Maricopa Community Center Maricopa – 7:00 PM – Presented by Maricopa Community Theatre. Performances will be June 1-3 at 7:00 PM and June 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Location is the Maricopa Community Center at 41614 W. Smith Enke Rd. See website for tickets. “Gypsy” tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. “Gypsy” is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. www.maricopacommunitytheatre.org

June 4 First Saturday at the Museum Pinal County Historical Museum - Florence – 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM – On the first Saturday of the month (September-June), the museum waives admission fees and offers rotating family-friendly activities, including a scavenger hunt, a local geology activity, backyard bingo, desert animals, and more! Sponsored by APS. Located at 715 S. Main Street in Florence. 520.868.4382 www.pinalcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

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June 2 Zipline EcoTours Arizona Zipline Adventures - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM – The Zipline EcoTour allows you to zip on 5 different spans ranging in length from 400 to 1,500 feet and lasts approximately 2 hours. Moonlight and Sunset Zipline experiences are also available during the spring and fall. Open Thursday through Sunday by reservation only. See website for details. Located on Mt. Lemmon Rd. in Oracle. 520.308.9350 www.ziparizona.com

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June 2nd Virtual Career Expo Achieve Pinal, in Pinal County – Local initiative that allows students and adults to explore career opportunities, with a focus on Pinal County. Content is delivered online and features career exploration interviews with Pinal County professionals who work in a wide variety of trades and professions. Discover what is required for careers you’re interested in. Includes information about college access and scholarships. 520.836.6868 | www.achievepinal.com/career-expo.html


EVENTS CALENDAR June 4 Live Theatre: Gypsy Maricopa Community Center Maricopa – 2:00 PM – Presented by Maricopa Community Theatre. Performances will be June 1-3 at 7:00 PM and June 4 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Location is the Maricopa Community Center at 41614 W. Smith Enke Rd. See website for tickets. Gypsy tells the story of the dreams and efforts of one hungry powerhouse of a woman to get her two daughters into show business. Gypsy is loosely based on the 1957 memoir of famous striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee. www.maricopacommunitytheatre.org Motorsports Racing: Summer Sizzle Central Arizona Speedway - Casa Grande – 7:00 PM – ASCS CAS Sprint Cars - Pure Stocks - Bombers - Power 600 Series Micros. Located at 512 S. Eleven Mile Corner Rd. in Casa Grande. Grandstand seating - pit passes available. Tickets $20 cash only. Free for ages 11 and under. 520.709.0718 www.centralarizonaspeedway.com Events at Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center - Maricopa – The Entertainment Center offers movies, bowling, laser tag, an arcade, parties & events, and more. See the Ak-Chin Circle website and Facebook page for this month’s featured events. 520.568.3456 www.ak-chincircle.com

June 4th The Pony Ranch featuring Tiny Town The Pony Ranch, in Casa Grande – A fun place for tiny cowboys and cowgirls to experience riding a pony and feeding ranch animals at the petting zoo. Summer hours will be variable, depending on the weather and expected daytime temperature. Visit the Pony Ranch Facebook page to confirm current hours. Located at 18536 W. Houser Rd. in Casa Grande. 480.236.4500 www.facebook.com/ theponyranchfeaturingtinytown

June 6th Casita Fiber & Fabric Club Casita Workshop Casa Grande – 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM – Held on the first Monday of the month. Meet others with an interest in creating with fabric, yarn, thread, or wool - anything with fiber. Great for people who sew, quilt, spin, weave, crochet, knit, embroider, rug hook, or stitch. If you have a project you are currently working on, you can work on it during club time — or just come and hang out! Be sure to check the website and RSVP to casitaworkshop@gmail.com if you plan to attend. www.casitaworkshop.com

June 7 Water Aerobics & Pool Parties City of Coolidge Aquatic Center - Coolidge – 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM – Water Aerobics classes take place Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 7:15 to 8:15 PM on Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $2 per class or $60 for a summer pass. The aquatic center is also taking Pool Party reservations. Two hour sessions are available on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. Fee is $100/hour with a 2-hour minimum. 520.723.5361 www.coolidgeaz.com/parks

Activities for Seniors Dorothy Powell Senior Center Casa Grande – The Dorothy Powell Senior Center provides residents the opportunity to experience recreational, cultural, and educational programming in a friendly atmosphere. It’s open to individuals 50 years of age or older. Activities include health and fitness, dance, pool, cards, walking club, bingo, art, and more. The monthly activity calendar is posted on the City of Casa Grande website. 520.421.8760 www.casagrandeaz.gov/seniorcitizen-services

June 9 Lavender Bloom Life Under the Oaks Lavender Farm - Oracle – 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM – The Lavender Farm is expecting a glorious June Bloom again! We will have extended hours from ThursSun every weekend in June. Come harvest your own lavender, attend a wreath workshop, breakfast, lunch or dinner! Come and see thousands of butterflies in the blooming lavender! Events fill up quickly - see website for event details. 520.820.3454 www.lifeundertheoakslavenderfarm.com

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